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Publication numberUS5583625 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 08/339,248
Publication dateDec 10, 1996
Filing dateNov 10, 1994
Priority dateNov 11, 1993
Fee statusPaid
Also published asDE4440366A1, DE4440366B4, US5907752
Publication number08339248, 339248, US 5583625 A, US 5583625A, US-A-5583625, US5583625 A, US5583625A
InventorsIchiro Kondoh
Original AssigneeRicoh Company, Ltd.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for cleaning a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus
US 5583625 A
Abstract
In an image forming apparatus using a cleaner/toner magazine (CTM) which has a waste toner tank and a fresh toner tank formed integrally with each other, a cleaning device has a cleaning blade which scrapes off toner left on a photoconductive element with an edge thereof. The toner removed by the cleaning blade is magnetically deposited on a rotatable magnet member whose outer periphery is magnetized. A scraper member contacts the magnet member in the waste toner tank and scrapes off the toner from the magnet member which is in rotation. As a result, the toner is collected in a collection space defined in the waste toner tank. A shutter can also be provided to prevent toner from flying about via an opening of the collection space. Such a shutter may include a shutter body, a lever operatively connected to the shutter body, and a spring biasing the lever in a direction in which the shutter body closes.
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What is claimed is:
1. A device for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means in a collection space of the collection chamber;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereof;
scraping means, a first side of said scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member;
an elastic support member provided on a second side of said scraping means opposite to said first side of said scraping means for preventing toner from reaching outside of said collection space.
2. A device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said magnet member has an outer periphery thereof magnetized and is rotated by drive means which drives the photoconductive element.
3. A device as claimed in claim 2, wherein said scraping means comprises a scraper member for scraping off the toner from said magnet member, and a spring member supporting said scraper member and constantly biasing said scraper member toward a center of said magnet member.
4. A device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said cleaning means comprises a cleaning blade contacting the surface of the photoconductive element at an edge thereof, and a magnetic holder supporting said cleaning blade.
5. A device as claimed in claim 1, wherein a direction in which said magnet member rotates and a direction in which the photoconductive element rotates are determined by a positional relation between said scraping means and said collection chamber.
6. A device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the toner collected by said scraping means falls into a collection space defined in said collection chamber due to gravity.
7. A device as claimed in claim 1, further comprising:
shutter means for preventing the toner from flying about via an opening of said collection chamber, wherein said shutter means comprises a shutter body, a lever operatively connected to said shutter body, and a spring constantly biasing said lever in a direction in which said shutter body closes.
8. A device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said lever selectively opens or closes said shutter body in association with opening/closing of a cover included in said image forming apparatus.
9. A device for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereon, wherein said magnet member has an outer periphery thereof magnetized and is rotated by drive means which drives the photoconductive element; and
scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member, wherein said scraping means comprises a scraper member for scraping off the toner from said magnet member, and a spring member supporting said scraper member and constantly biasing said scraper member toward a center of said magnet member, and
wherein said scraper member is made of one of felt, sponge, foam material and rubber, said spring member comprising a sheet made of either resin or rubber.
10. A device for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereon;
scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member; and
an elastic member provided on a rear of said scraping means and abutting against a lug extending out from an inner periphery of said collection chamber, said elastic member preventing the toner collected from flowing toward an opening of said collection chamber by way of said scraping means.
11. A device for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereon;
scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member,
wherein said cleaning means comprises a cleaning blade contacting the surface of the photoconductive element at an edge thereof, and a magnetic holder supporting said cleaning blade; and
wherein said magnet member and said magnetic holder generate a magnetic flux for forming a shield, thereby preventing the toner from flowing out via a passage between said magnet member and said cleaning blade.
12. A cleaner/toner magazine (CTM) replaceably mounted to an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a waste toner tank comprising a cleaning device for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in said image forming apparatus; and
a fresh toner tank formed integrally with said waste toner tank and storing fresh toner to be replenished;
said cleaning device comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means in a collection space of the collection chamber;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereon;
scraping means, a first side of said scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member;
an elastic support member provided on a second side of said scraping means opposite to said first side of sid scraping means for preventing toner from reaching outside of said collection space.
13. A CTM as claimed in claim 12, wherein said CTM further comprising shutter means for preventing the toner from flying about via an opening of said collection chamber, wherein said shutter means comprises a shutter body, a lever operatively connected to said shutter body, and a spring constantly biasing said lever in a direction in which said shutter body closes.
14. An image forming apparatus having a photoconductive element whose surface is to be cleaned, comprising:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means in a collection space of the collection chamber;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereof;
scraping means, a first side of said scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member;
an elastic support member provided on a second side of said scraping means opposite to said first side of said scraping means for preventing toner from reaching outside of said collection space.
15. An apparatus as claimed in claim 14, further comprising:
shutter means for preventing the toner from flying about via an opening of said collection chamber, wherein said shutter means comprises a shutter body, a lever operatively connected to said shutter body, and a spring constantly biasing said lever in a direction in which said shutter body closes.
16. An image forming apparatus having a replaceable CTM, wherein said CTM comprises a waste toner tank comprising cleaning means for cleaning a surface of a photoconductive element included in said image forming apparatus, and a fresh toner tank formed integrally with said waste toner tank and storing fresh toner to be replenished, and wherein said cleaning means comprises:
cleaning means for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element;
a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by said cleaning means in a collection space of the collection chamber;
a rotatable magnet member adjoining said cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by said cleaning means into said collection chamber by magnetically depositing said toner thereof;
scraping means, a first side of said scraping means contacting said magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on said magnet member;
an elastic support member provided on a second side of said scraping means opposite to said first side of said scraping means for preventing toner from reaching outside of said collection space.
17. An apparatus as claimed in claim 16, further comprising:
shutter means for preventing the toner from flying about via an opening of said collection chamber, wherein said shutter means comprises a shutter body, a lever operatively connected to said shutter body, and a spring constantly biasing said lever in a direction in which said shutter body closes.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a facsimile apparatus, copier, printer or similar image forming apparatus of the type using a cleaner/toner magazine (CTM) which has a waste toner tank and a fresh toner tank formed integrally with each other and, more particularly, to a cleaning device for removing toner remaining on a photoconductive element included in the apparatus and collecting it.

2. Discussion of the Background

An image forming apparatus of the kind described often uses a CTM replaceably mounted to the apparatus and having a waste toner tank and a fresh toner tank constructed integrally with each other. The waste toner tank accommodates a cleaning device for removing toner left on a photoconductive element after image transfer and collecting it. Usually, such a cleaning device has a cleaning blade contacting the surface of the photoconductive element at an edge thereof, and a brush rotatable in contact with the edge of the blade. The toner is removed by the edge of the cleaning blade and then raked off by the brush into a collection space defined in the waste toner tank. The cleaning device with such a blade and brush collects the toner removed by the blade in the collection space more efficiently than a cleaning device having only the blade.

The brush has to be slightly bent at all times in order to rake off the toner into the waste toner tank. Usually, the brush has the brush portion thereof adhered to a support member made of plastic by a two-sided adhesive tape. The adhesive tape, however, sequentially comes off due to thermal stresses attributable to a fixing device which is located in the vicinity of the brush. As a result, the support member fails to firmly support the brush portion, sequentially lowering the collecting ability of the brush.

For a conventional cleaning device implemented as a CTM, a reference may be made to, for example, Japanese Patent Laid-Open Publication No. 5-210339 and corresponding copending U.S. Ser. No. 08/010,876 filed Jan. 29, 1993.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a cleaning device capable of collecting toner from a photoconductive element surely and stably over a long period of time.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a CTM for an image forming apparatus and having a cleaning device made up of a cleaning blade and a brush for collection.

In accordance with the present invention, a device for cleaning the surface of a photoconductive element included in an image forming apparatus has a cleaning member for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element, a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by the cleaning member, a rotatable magnet member adjoining the cleaning means and conveying the toner removed by the cleaning means into the collection chamber by magnetically depositing the toner thereon, and a scraping member contacting the magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on the magnet member.

Also, in accordance with the present invention, a CTM replaceably mounted to an image forming apparatus has a waste toner tank comprising a cleaning device for cleaning the surface of a photoconductive element included in the image forming apparatus, and a fresh toner tank formed integrally with the waste toner tank and storing fresh toner to be replenished. The cleaning device has a cleaning member for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element, a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by the cleaning member, a rotatable magnet member adjoining the cleaning member and conveying the toner removed by the cleaning member into the collection chamber by magnetically depositing the toner thereon, and a scraping member contacting the magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on the magnet member.

Further, in accordance with the present invention, an image forming apparatus having a photoconductive element whose surface is to be cleaned has a cleaning device for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element, a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by the cleaning device, a rotatable magnet member adjoining the cleaning device and conveying the toner removed by the cleaning device into the collection chamber by magnetically depositing the toner thereon, and a scraping member contacting the magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on the magnet member.

Moreover, in accordance with the present invention, in an image forming apparatus having a replaceable CTM, the CTM has a waste toner tank comprising a cleaning device for cleaning the surface of a photoconductive element included in the image forming apparatus, and a fresh toner tank formed integrally with the waste toner tank and storing fresh toner to be replenished. The cleaning device has a cleaning member for removing magnetic toner remaining on the surface of the photoconductive element, a collection chamber for collecting the toner removed by the cleaning member, a rotatable magnet member adjoining the cleaning member and conveying the toner removed by the cleaning member into the collection chamber by magnetically depositing the toner thereon, and a scraping member contacting the magnetic member for scraping off the toner deposited on the magnet member.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description taken with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a section of an image forming apparatus having a conventional cleaning device implemented as a CTM;

FIG. 2 is a section showing a cleaning blade and a brush for collection included in the device of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a section of an image forming apparatus to which the present invention is applicable;

FIGS. 4 and 5 are sections each showing a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 6 and 7 are sections showing a shutter mechanism included in the illustrative embodiments;

FIG. 8 shows a mechanism for driving a rotatable magnet member also included in the illustrative embodiments; and

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an image forming apparatus incorporating the cleaning device shown in FIG. 5.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

To better understand the present invention, a brief reference will be made to an image forming apparatus having a conventional cleaning device implemented as a CTM, shown in FIG. 1. As shown, the apparatus includes a photoconductive element in the form of a drum 10. A charger 12 uniformly charges the surface of the drum 10 to a predetermined polarity. An exposing device, or optics, 14 electrostatically forms a latent image on the charged surface of the drum 10 with a laser beam L. A developing device 16 develops the latent image with toner to produce a corresponding toner image. An image transfer device 18 transfers the toner image from the drum 10 to a sheet S. A fixing device 20 fixes the toner image on the sheet S. A CTM 22 is made up of a waste toner tank 24 and a fresh toner tank 26 constructed integrally with each other. After the image transfer, the toner left on the drum 10 is removed and collected in the waste toner tank 24. The fresh toner tank 26 stores fresh toner to be replenished into the developing device 16. The reference numeral 28 designates a discharger.

In the CTM 22, the waste toner tank. 24 has thereinside a cleaning blade 30 contacting the surface of the drum 10 at the one or free end 30a thereof, a holder 32 holding the other end 30b of the blade 30, and a brush 34 rotatable in contact with the end 30a of the blade 30 for collecting toner.

As shown in FIG. 2 specifically, toner T remaining on the drum 10 after image transfer is removed by the edge 30a of the cleaning blade 30. The brush 34, rotating in a direction indicated by an arrow in the figure, removes the toner T from the cleaning blade 30 and brings it into a collection space A, FIG. 1, defined in the waste toner tank 24. The CTM 22 is capable of collecting the remaining toner T in the collection space A more efficiently than a cleaning device which collects it only with the cleaning blade 30.

However, the prerequisite with the CTM 22 is that the brush 34 be slightly bent at all times in order to rake off the toner T into the waste toner tank 24. Usually, the brush 34 has the brush portion thereof adhered to a support member made of plastic by a two-sided adhesive tape. The adhesive tape sequentially comes off due to thermal stresses attributable to the fixing device 20 which is located in the vicinity of the brush 34. As a result, the support member fails to firmly support the brush portion, sequentially lowering the collecting ability of the brush 4.

Preferred embodiments of the cleaning device in accordance with the present invention will be described which are free from the problem discussed above.

Referring to FIG. 3, an image forming apparatus is shown to which the embodiments of the present invention are applicable. As shown, the apparatus has a photoconductive element implemented as a belt 40 rotatable in a direction X. A charger 42 uniformly charges the surface of the belt 40 to a predetermined polarity. An exposing device 44 electrostatically forms a latent image on the charged surface of the belt 40. A developing device 46 develops the latent image with toner. An image transfer device 48 transfers the resulting toner image to a sheet S fed from a sheet feed section, not shown. A fixing device 50 fixes the toner image on the sheet S. A tray 52 receives the sheet S coming out of the fixing device 50. A CTM 54 has a waste toner tank 56 and a fresh toner tank 58 formed integrally with each other. Toner remaining on the belt 40 after the image transfer is collected in the waste toner tank 56. The fresh toner tank 58 stores fresh toner to be replenished into the developing device 46. The reference numeral 60 designates a discharger. A cover 62 is rotatable about a shaft 62a to cover and uncover the section of the apparatus where the sheet S is driven out of the apparatus. The belt 40 is passed over pulleys 64, 66 and 68. The CTM 54 is replaceably mounted to the apparatus in an inclined position relative to the horizontal and may be so positioned by, for example, a device taught in U.S. Pat. No. 5,126,799.

FIG. 4 shows an embodiment of the present invention in detail. As shown, a cleaning device, generally 70, is built in the CTM 54, i.e., waste toner tank 56, like the conventional device shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The cleaning device 70 has a cleaning blade, or cleaning means, 72, a rotatable magnet member 74, and a scraper, or scraping means, 76. The blade 72 contacts the surface of the belt 40 at one or free end 72a thereof in order to remove toner T remaining on the belt 40. The magnet member 74 adjoins the blade 72 and has the outer periphery thereof magnetized. The magnet member 74 is rotatable in a direction indicated by an arrow Y in FIG. 4. The scraper 76 scrapes off the toner T magnetically deposited on the magnet member 74. The blade 72 is supported by a holder 73 made of a magnetic material.

The magnet member 74 may be made of any suitable magnetic material, e.g., metal or resin. The scraper 76 is made up of a scraper member 78 for scraping off the toner T from the magnet member 74, a spring member 80 supporting the scraper member 78 while constantly biasing it toward the center of the magnet member 74, and a support member 82 supporting the spring member 80. The scraper member 78 may be made of felt, sponge, foam material or rubber while the spring member 80 may be implemented as a sheet of resin, rubber or similar nonmagnetic elastic material. The nonmagnetic elastic material will prevent the collected toner T from depositing on the spring member 80.

In operation, the edge 72a of the blade 72 contacting the belt 40 removes the toner T remaining on the belt 40. Then, the toner T is magnetically deposited on the magnet member 74 which is rotating counterclockwise, i.e., in the direction Y. As the magnet member 74 carrying the toner T thereon further rotates, the scraper member 78 of the scraping means 76 scrapes off the toner T from the magnet member 74 while introducing it in a collection space A defined in the waste toner tank 56. Specifically, since the CTM 54 is inclined relative to the horizontal, the toner T removed by the scraper member 78 is collected in the collection space A due to gravity.

Referring to FIG. 5, an alternative embodiment of the present invention will be described. In FIG. 5, the same or similar constituent parts as or to the parts shown in FIG. 4 are designated by the same reference numerals. As shown, a cleaning device, generally 70A, has scraping means 76A including the scraper member 78. An elastic member 84 is provided on the rear of the scraper member 78. The elastic member 84 abuts against a lug 56a extending out from the inner periphery of the waste toner tank 56. Generally, the toner T removed from the magnet member 74 by the scraper member 78 is apt to partly fly about in the waste toner tank 56. Moreover, when the waste toner tank 56 overflows, the toner T is apt to flow out of the cleaning device from the rear of the scraper member 78 via the magnet member 74 and an opening 56b formed through the tank 56, as indicated by an arrow B in FIG. 4. In the illustrative embodiment, the elastic member 84 eliminates these problems.

In a modification of the embodiment of FIG. 4, the magnet member 74 closes the opening 56b of the waste toner tank 56, and the holder 73 supporting the blade 72 is made of a magnetic material. In such a configuration, the magnetic holder 73 cooperates with the magnet member 74 to generate a magnetic flux in the vicinity of a passage 55 through which the toner T is apt to flow out. The magnetic flux forms a magnetic shield blocking the passage 55. This successfully prevents the toner T collected in the tank 56 from flowing thereoutof.

As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, a shutter mechanism 90 may be disposed in the waste toner tank 56 of the CTM 54 in order to prevent the toner T from flying about. A specific construction of the shutter mechanism 90 is shown in FIGS. 6 and 7. As shown, the mechanism 90 has a shutter body 92, a lever 94 operatively connected to the shutter body 92, and a tension spring 96 constantly biasing the lever 94 in a direction C. As shown in FIG. 6, while the CTM 54 is mounted on the apparatus, the shutter body 92 remains in an open position since the lever 94 is pressed by a partition 62b mounted on the cover 62. Assume that the cover 62 is rotated, or opened, about the shaft 62a in a direction D, as shown in FIG. 7. Then, the lever 94 is released from the partition 62b of the cover 62 and rotated in the direction C due to the action of the spring 96. At this instant, the shutter body 92 is also rotated until part 92a thereof abuts against the edge 72a of the blade 72, as shown in FIG. 7. In this condition, the shutter body 92 prevents the toner T from flowing out through the passage 55. It is noteworthy that the toner T is prevented from depositing on the shutter mechanism 90 since the elastic member 84 prevents it from flowing beyond the magnetic member 74, as stated with reference to FIG. 5.

FIG. 8 shows a specific mechanism for driving the magnet member 74. As shown, the magnet member 74 is rotated by a main motor 100, which drives the belt 40, by way of the following transmission mechanism. The main motor 100 is drivably connected to a pulley 104 by a timing belt 102. The pulley 104 is held in mesh with a gear 106 which is, in turn, held in mesh with a gear 68a mounted on the pulley 68. Hence, the pulley 64 is driven by way of the belt 40. Since a gear 64a mounted on the pulley 64 is held in mesh with a gear 74a mounted on the magnet member 74, the magnet member 74 coaxial with the gear 74a is caused to rotate. The reference numerals 107 and 108 designate pulleys over which the timing belt 102 is also passed.

FIG. 9 shows part of the image forming apparatus of FIG. 3, particularly the CTM 54 of FIG. 5, in a perspective view. As shown, the fresh toner tank 58 of the CTM 58 has an agitator 110 for agitating toner thereinside. The toner agitated by the agitator 110 is fed to a conveyor screw 112 due to gravity. The conveyor screw 112 in rotation conveys the toner to an opening 114 formed through the CTM 54. The toner reaching the opening 114 is routed through a duct 116 and an opening 46a formed through the developing device 46 into the device 46.

The embodiments shown and described have concentrated on the CTM 54 having the two tanks 56 and 58 formed integrally with each other and separated by a partition. Alternatively, the tanks 56 and 58 may be formed independently of each other and tied together by an arm or similar connecting member. Further, the embodiments are similarly practicable with an independent cleaning device, as distinguished from the CTM.

In the illustrative embodiments, the directions in which the magnet 74 and belt 40 rotate are dependent on the positional relation between the scraping means 76 or 76A and the collection space A. Regarding the relation shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, for example, the magnet member 74 and the belt 40 are rotated in the directions Y and X, respectively.

The magnet member 74 is implemented as a magnet roller made of nylon-based plastic. Although such a roller will slightly change in dimension due to thermal stresses attributable to the fixing device, the change is only negligible and does not lower the collecting ability of the roller at all. Preferably, a clearance great enough to accommodate such a change should be provided at the design stage.

In summary, it will be seen that the present invention provides a cleaning device having various unprecedented advantages, as enumerated below.

(1) A rotatable magnet member is free from aging over a long period of time, insuring stable toner collection.

(2) A nonmagnetic spring member and a scraper member allow toner from being efficiently removed from the magnet member.

(3) An elastic member prevents the toner from flowing out by way of the rear of the scraper member and, therefore, prevents the toner collecting ability from decreasing.

(4) A magnetic flux generated by the magnet member prevents the toner from flowing out of the cleaning device.

Various modifications will become possible for those skilled in the art after receiving the teachings of the present disclosure without departing from the scope thereof.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification399/358, 399/356
International ClassificationG03G21/12, G03G21/10
Cooperative ClassificationG03G21/105, G03G21/12, G03G2221/0005
European ClassificationG03G21/12, G03G21/10
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